When you moved past the econo-potato styling of the last generation Sentra and got behind the wheel of the SE-R variant, you'd experience an entertaining FWD ride. Especially when modded out in S- or R-tune, the SE-R Spec V was a capable backroad carver and a suitable daily driver.

As expected, Nissan has announced that their newest hot-rod Sentra is on its way and will make its debut later this month at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Available in both SE-R and SE-R Spec V trim, the latter getting a high-output version of Nissan's 2.5-liter inline four, with power likely being directed via a six-speed manual gearbox. We'd expect power output of the new vehicle to be somewhere in the 180 to 185 HP range, with torque coming in around 190 ft.-lbs. For those of you disenfranchised by the torque output of similar naturally aspirated offerings (I'm talking to you Civic Si), rest assured that Nissan always brings the twist.

The full press release is available after the jump.


PRESS RELEASE

2007 Nissan Sentra SE-R to Debut at L.A. Auto Show [Nov. 3, 06]

NASHVILLE (Nov. 3. 2006) – Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today announced that it will introduce two exciting new performance vehicles at the Los Angeles Auto Show, November 29th, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

All-new for 2007, the Nissan Sentra will once again have SE-R high performance models; both SE-R and SE-R Spec V. As a pioneer model in the field of sport compact cars, the 2007 Nissan Sentra SE-R offers more power, performance and technology to this highly acclaimed model. The SE-R Spec V model will be powered by a specifically designed high-output version of Nissan's 2.5-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine. Additional information on the SE-R with be announced at the LA Auto Show on November 29th.

Nissan will also showcase another uniquely styled, exhilarating performance-oriented vehicle, which marks Nissan's entry into a previously untapped customer segment. Details on the second world debut vehicle are being withheld until Nissan's press conference on November 29 at 10:00AM PST.

In addition, Nissan will participate in the 2006 Hybrids and Green Cars/LA event that takes place during the media days portion of the Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday, November 29 and Thursday, November 30. This event will allow attendees an opportunity to drive many advanced technology vehicles from various manufacturers.

Nissan will showcase three products at this ride and drive, including the 2007 Altima Hybrid, the X-Trail Fuel Cell Vehicle and the 2007 Armada Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV).